Canadians Can Play EPT Online from Home on PokerStars

It’s official. The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is here. That means any casinos or bars that may have been offering live poker (there weren’t many) may have to stop again.

Just last month, Playground Poker opened with restrictions and no poker – deemed not safe – but had to close down again approximately one month later. As positive Covid-19 cases rose, doors had to close.

The good thing about living in Canada, though, is that players can access online poker sites from around the world. So, when PokerStars announces that it is taking its famous European Poker Tour online, Canadians will be able to participate without the cost of traveling to Europe.

Introducing EPT Online

With live poker in Europe looking less likely by the month – sometimes by the day – it could easily be mid-2021 or later before the European Poker Tour can resume its famous tournaments. Meanwhile, players were restless.

That prompted PokerStars to launch EPT Online. The goal was to set up a series of tournaments with the same variety of buy-ins and games as players find at an EPT location.

One of the benefits is that players from all around the world can compete. No one needs money for the flights and accommodations to stay in places like Prague and Monte Carlo. Also, tournaments can be finished in a fraction of the time online.

From your living room anywhere in Canada, you can become an EPT champion.

What’s in a Series?

In the inaugural EPT Online, there will be 20 tournaments that will award real EPT trophies to their winners. There will also be $20 million in prize pool guarantees.

The buy-ins will be typical of an EPT series and range from $215 to $25K. And similar to the live events, there will be some broadcasting of the key events…with the hole cards face-up.

Satellites are already underway. Pay special attention to the $3 Million Ticket Machine promotion. There are numerous ways to win seats to the tournaments at a fraction of the buy-ins.

EPT Online Series Schedule

Without further ado, this is the schedule for the main EPT series starting in two weeks. The Main Event is highlighted below.

  • Event 1 on 8 Nov: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Arena Championship ($1.5M GTD)
  • Event 2 on 8 Nov: $10,300 PLO 6-Max High Roller ($500K GTD)
  • Event 3 on 8 Nov: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller ($500K GTD)
  • Event 4 on 9 Nov: $530 NLHE ($350K GTD)
  • Event 5 on 9 Nov: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Win the Button ($200K GTD)
  • Event 6 on 10 Nov: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller ($1M GTD)
  • Event 7 on 10 Nov: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)
  • Event 8 on 11 Nov: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)
  • Event 9 on 11 Nov: $5,200 8-Game Mix High Roller ($250K GTD)
  • Event 10 on 12 Nov: $25K NLHE 8-max Super High Roller ($2M GTD)
  • Event 11 on 12 Nov: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stacks ($500K GTD)
  • Event 12 on 13 Nov: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max ($500K GTD)
  • Event 13 on 13 Nov: $10,300 6+ Hold’em 6-Max High Roller ($400K GTD)
  • Event 14 on 14 Nov: $215 NLHE EPT Online Cup ($500K GTD)
  • Event 15 on 14 Nov: $10,300 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller ($500K GTD)
  • Event 16 on 15 Nov: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event ($5M GTD)
  • Event 17 on 15 Nov: $2,100 PLO 6-Max ($500K GTD)
  • Event 18 on 15 Nov: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo ($500K GTD)
  • Event 19 on 16 Nov: $530 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)
  • Event 20 on 17 Nov: $1,050 NLHE Last Chance ($500K GTD)

Low Rollers, Get Ready

Those buy-ins look exorbitant to many players. Satellites are an option, but how much can a person spend on satellites without busting a bankroll? The EPT has something for those of us with smaller bankrolls.

The Mini-EPT is nearly the same schedule. Most of the events are the same but with the buy-ins at 1/100th of those on the main schedule. The fees and guarantees will differ, too. That Mini-EPT schedule is as follow:

  • Event 1 on 9 Nov: $11 NLHE 8-Max ($150K GTD)
  • Event 2 on 9 Nov: $109 PLO 6-Max Mini High Roller ($125K GTD)
  • Event 3 on 9 Nov: $55 NLHE 8-Max Mini High Roller ($150K GTD)
  • Event 4 on 10 Nov: $5.50 NLHE ($75K GTD)
  • Event 5 on 10 Nov: $11 NLHE 8-Max Mini Win the Button ($50K GTD)
  • Event 6 on 11 Nov: $109 NLHE 8-Max Mini High Roller ($500K GTD)
  • Event 7 on 11 Nov: $22 NLHE 8-Max Turbo ($150K GTD)
  • Event 8 on 12 Nov: $22 NLHE 8-Max ($150K GTD)
  • Event 9 on 12 Nov: $55 8-Game Mini High Roller ($50K GTD)
  • Event 10 on 13 Nov: $215 NLHE 8-Max Mini Super High Roller ($400K GTD)
  • Event 11 on 13 Nov: $11 NLHE 8-Max Mini Deep Stacks ($75K GTD)
  • Event 12 on 14 Nov: $11 NLHE 6-Max ($175K GTD)
  • Event 13 on 14 Nov: $109 6+ Hold’em 6-Max Mini High Roller ($50K GTD)
  • Event 14 on 15 Nov: $2.20 NLHE Mini Cup ($50K GTD)
  • Event 15 on 15 Nov: $109 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Mini High Roller ($300K GTD)
  • Event 16 on 16 Nov: $55 NLHE 8-Max Mini Main Event ($500K GTD)
  • Event 17 on 16 Nov: $22 PLO 6-Max ($75K GTD)
  • Event 18 on 16 Nov: $11 NLHE 8-Max Turbo ($100K GTD)
  • Event 19 on 17 Nov: $11 NLHE Mini Last Chance ($100K GTD)
  • Event 20 on 17 Nov: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max ($75K GTD)

PokerStars listed the cards-up coverage schedule to cover events like the Super High Roller and the Main Event. That schedule and other information is on the PokerStars blog.

 

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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